Mechanical Iris Submarine Door

Jaw-dropping design from Chris Schaie.

Remember that incredible mechanical iris that won Editor’s Choice at the San Mateo Maker Fair this year? Well creator Chris Schaie has incorporated his iris into a gorgeous brass and wood submarine door.

In addition to the amazing iris mechanism, the door also features an elegant bolt-lock system powered by turning the center wheel.

After the jump — two quick videos demonstrate the simple brilliance of this design.

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